JJ Yeley News

Broken Drive Shaft Leaves Yeley with 35th Place Finish

Date:  April 21, 2013

Event: STP 400 (Race 8 of 36)

Track:  Kansas Speedway

Started/Finished: 40th/35th

Point Standing: 30th 

Kansas City, KS (April 21, 2013) - JJ Yeley's weekend in Kansas started off by playing "shoe fairy" at Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital as part of his work with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Partnering with Peach's Neet Feet, he gave away three pairs of hand painted shoes to children who have been diagnosed with a serious illness.  

Getting down to business at Kansas Speedway, Yeley and the No. 36 Accell Construction team had one morning practice prior to qualifying for Sunday's race. Yeley qualified for the STP 400 in 40th position. This gave the team an opportunity to make adjustments to the car before Saturday's two rounds of practice.

Rolling off the track Sunday afternoon, Yeley and the Accell Construction Chevy SS were ready to go. He began his climb to the front, avoiding single car cautions, and making a steady gain in positions. However, on Lap 145, bad luck struck, and the drive shaft broke. Pulling the car into the garage the team went to work swapping out parts to try and get the car back out onto the track. With 51 laps down, Yeley returned to the race, and managed to finish the race in 35th. 

"Bad luck again this weekend for the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevy." Yeley commented, "We broke a drive shaft half way through the race, but I'm proud of the hard work these guys put into the car to get me back out to finish and gain a couple positions. Tough break, but we'll head back to the shop and get ready for next week."

Tommy Baldwin Racing is heading up to Richmond International Raceway next weekend for some night racing. Currently JJ Yeley is 30th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Points, 188 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

Yeley Ends Circus Ride Early

Date: April 13, 2013
Event: NRA 500 (Race 7 of 36)
Track: Texas Motor Speedway Speedway
Started/Finished: 36th/39th
Point Standing: 29th, 155 points behind Jimmie Johnson 

(Fort Worth, TX) - JJ Yeley's weekend to Wild Asphalt Circus started out on Friday morning at Texas Motor Speedway, when the crew unloaded the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevy SS. Immediately the crew went to work getting the prepared for a full weekend of racing.

Qualifying 36th, Yeley's crew went to work making adjustments to the car, getting ready for some night racing. Coming into the weekend with an Earnhardt Childress Racing (ECR) engine, the team had some power behind the wheel.

From the drop of the green flag, the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevy was not handling as well as the team had wished. The car was loose coming off the turns, and caused Yeley to go laps down early on. Through pit strategy and several cautions, Yeley gained back some laps, and started to climb in the position. However, on lap 300, the right rear axle broke, leaving the team to be finished for the remainder of the race. Yeley ended the race in 39th position. 

"Tough break this weekend for the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevy and Tommy Baldwin Racing," Yeley said. "We'll pack up and head back to the shop and get ready for Kansas, where we can hopefully pick up some positions in the points that we lost this weekend." 

JJ Yeley finished the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway NRA 500 in 39th. He is currently 155 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson in the race for the Sprint Cup Championship. Next weekend the Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 36 Accell Construction Chevy heads to Kansas Motor Speedway.

JJ Yeley: Texas Motor Speedway Preview Pre-Race News and Notes

NRA 500 - Texas Motor SpeedwayEvent/Date:  NRA 500 - April 13, 2013

Track: Texas Motor Speedway

Track Length: 1.5 mile

Race Distance: 334 laps/500.5 miles

Tune in: NASCAR on FOX at 7:00 p.m. (ET)

JJ Yeley and the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevy SS team are heading to the circus this weekend, there will be no lions or elephants but instead the roar of 43 stock cars under the big top at Texas Motor Speedway.

Accell Construction is running a limited Primary sponsorship with Yeley and Tommy Baldwin Racing. This is Accell's third race with TBR out of seven.

Yeley's history at Texas: Yeley has 9 starts at the mile and a half oval in Texas. His average finish is 35.1

Yeley on Texas: "I love racing at Texas Motor Speedway - there is nothing not to love about this track and the show that Eddie Gossage puts on. As we head into Texas we are hoping to gain some positions in the points this weekend with a solid finish. We have a good car for this weekend and I'm glad to be back racing on the mile and a half tracks."

Crew Chief Joe Lax on TMS: "We are happy to be going back to Texas. We have a great car for this weekend, so we are hoping for a solid finish and a climb in the points."

Yeley by the numbers: Heading into Texas, JJ Yeley is 27th in the points standings. He is 122 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

Did you know?: JJ currently holds the title for Most Single Season wins in the USAC series. JJ won 24 races, beating racing legend A.J. Foyt with 19 wins.

Yeley Fights to the Finish at Auto Club Speedway

Date:  March 24, 2013
Event:   Auto Club 400 (Race 5 of 36)
Track:  Auto Club Speedway
Started/Finished:  37th/27th
Point Standing:  26th, 107 points behind Dale Earnhardt Jr.

JJ Yeley's weekend to the Golden State started off great, adding on an additional race with sponsor Accell Construction Inc. Prior to the weekend Yeley was still in search of sponsorship for the weekend, however, impressed with the team and driver, Accell added on early in the week.

After arriving to the track, JJ Yeley and the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevy SS, got down to business with practice, followed by qualifying. Yeley came out of qualifying in 37th position. Knowing that clean air and great pit strategy was a must coming into Sunday, JJ and the TBR team had their work cut out for them.

At the start of the Auto Club 400, Yeley battled the track conditions and working to dial in the handling of the No. 36 car. Going a lap down early in the race, the team fought to get back on the lead lap. After green flag pit stops, and several single car cautions, Yeley took the wave around on lap 121, with 79 laps to go. The No. 36 Accell Construction Chevy SS escaped the wild ending to the Auto Club 400, finishing 27th. Yeley's fight to the end paid off, moving him up one more position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship standings to 26th.

Crew Chief, Joe Lax, continued to give nothing but encouragement for the future. "Another tough break this weekend boys, but our hard work and determination will pay off. We may not have gotten the finish that we liked, but were moving up in the points standing. Good things are coming ahead."

"I am so proud of my Accell Construction race team. It was a battle, Auto Club Speedway is a tough track but the Tommy Baldwin Racing team showed improvements and again... never gave up," Yeley said. "I am thankful for the off weekend and getting to spend the Easter weekend with my beautiful family but Martinsville can't come soon enough!"  

JJ Yeley finished the weekend at Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 in 27th. He is currently 107 points behind leader Dale Earnhardt Jr in the race for the Sprint Cup Championship. In two weeks the entire Tommy Baldwin Racing Team is off to Martinsville, where "tempers fly" and "bumping and banging" are common scenes. Let's hope the fight to the finish pays off for the entire Tommy Baldwin Racing organization!

Accell Construction Adds to Schedule with JJ Yeley and the No. 36 TBR Team

Pre-Race News and Notes 

Event/Date:  Auto Club 400 - March 24, 2013
Track: Auto Club Speedway
Track Length: 2 mile
Race Distance: 200 laps/400 miles
Tune in: NASCAR on FOX at 2:30 p.m. (ET)

JJ Yeley and the No. 36 Chevy SS find a familiar sponsor coming back on board for this weekend's Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California. Encouraged by the progress of the 2013 season, Accell Construction Inc. found it a perfect fit to join on for another race this season.

Accell Construction - Accell Construction adorned the hood of the No. 36 Chevrolet SS at Phoenix and Vegas this season and will return again at Auto Club Speedway. The 20-year-old company also partnered with TBR during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Continuing to see an increase in interest of the company, Accell Construction continues to expand their relationship with the TBR team. When asked about his involvement with the team, owner Steve Todhunter commented, "Accell Construction, Inc. is very happy to sponsor the TBR No. 36 with JJ Yeley driving at Fontana. Accell is proud to represent the Pipeline Terminal Construction Industry in the NASCAR world."

Yeley's history at Fontana: Yeley has a total of 10 starts at Fontana's Auto Club Speedway with his best finish being an 8th place finish in 2006. Yeley's average finish at Fontana is 29.6. 

Yeley on Fontana: "I am ready to head out to sunny California and get back to work," Yeley said. "Bristol was a challenge last week but my team never gave up and that is the motto of the Tommy Baldwin Racing team."

Crew Chief Joe Lax on Fontana: "These guys on the No. 36 TBR team give it all they have each and every week. Coming to Fontana we will continue to work hard, knowing the pay off is just right around the corner."

Yeley by the numbers: Heading into Fontana, JJ Yeley is 27th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, 91 points behind leader Brad Keslowski.

Did you know?: Last week's "Bristol Shake" featured Yeley's wife and daughter, making it one of the Most Memorable Drive Introductions in NASCAR. In case you missed it, click here.

Keep up with TBR: Keep up with the TBR team by following us on Twitter and Facebook

About Tommy Baldwin Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin formed Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) in 2009. Baldwin utilized a declining economy to open a NSCS team with a stringent budget. The team worked to build to full-time competition, and by the 2011 season, the team's third season, TBR competed in every race and locked the No. 36 Chevrolet in the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points. Dave Blaney drove the No. 36 Chevrolet to TBR's highest finish of third in the October 2011 event at Talladega Superspeedway. In 2012 both cars fielded by TBR finished in the top-35 in points.

Based in Mooresville, N.C., TBR will compete in the NSCS in 2013 with NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney driving the No. 7 Chevy SS and JJ Yeley piloting the No. 36. 

For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing, please visit them on Facebook,Twitter or their website.

Speeding Penalty Sours Las Vegas Experience for JJ Yeley

Date: March 10, 2013

Event: Kobalt Tools 400 (Race 3 of 36)

Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Started/Finished: 35th/36th

Point Standing: 26th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points, 71 behind leader Jimmie Johnson

Three races into the season and Tommy Baldwin Racing's JJ Yeley is showing that despite adversity, he is a fighter.

After qualifying was rained out on Friday, per the NASCAR rule book, the field was set by 2012 points. Yeley and the Accell Construction Chevrolet SS started the Kobalt Tools 400 in the 35th position and prepared for battle.

At the drop of the green flag the consensus from all drivers was loose handling race cars, Yeley included. Fighting with his car and the set back with positioning, Yeley and crew chief Joe Lax were formulating a plan to get the No. 36 dialed in. Things went off schedule when completing a pit stop at Lap 45 Yeley was assessed a speeding penalty and had to serve a pass thru penalty.

Still fighting the loose handling, Yeley lost several laps throughout the race and ending up taking the checkered flag in 36th position, 8 laps down.

"I'm disappointed in myself for speeding on pit road," Yeley said. "We had a car capable of a better finish than what we got but it was my error. The handling was a battle all day, we kept fighting, and I couldn't be prouder of the TBR team for that. I am really looking forward to Bristol next week."

"JJ felt bad about the speeding penalty, but we race as a team and understand that penalties happen," Lax said. "We made great strides during practice and the race and this week we're off to Bristol — one of JJ's favorite tracks."

About Accell Construction:

Accell Construction, Inc. operates as a full service site civil contractor for the petroleum terminal and bulk storage industries and specializes in tank farm construction, tank foundations and other related site civil construction. Accell Construction's clients know they can expect excellent safety, reliability and top-notch job performance. Accell, whose projects are always in budget and completed early, enjoys a 20-year reputation that is second to none.

Oklahoma based Accell Construction operates civil construction projects in numerous states across the U.S. and has constructed some of the largest petroleum storage facilities built in the U.S. in the last 15 years.

Accell benefits from a team of employees who bring decades of civil experience. The Accell team, many of whom have been with the company since inception, is committed to excellence and safety. All field personnel are also required to be TWIC certified. Accell has a well-known reputation in the petroleum storage industry for performing the highest quality work-always in an expedient, but safe manner.

For more information on Accell Construction, please visit www.accellconstructioninc.com.

About Tommy Baldwin Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin formed Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) in 2009. Baldwin utilized a declining economy to open a NSCS team with a stringent budget. The team worked to build to full-time competition, and by the 2011 season, the team's third season, TBR competed in every race and locked the No. 36 Chevrolet in the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points. Dave Blaney drove the No. 36 Chevrolet to TBR's highest finish of third in the October 2011 event at Talladega Superspeedway. In 2012 both cars fielded by TBR finished in the top-35 in points.

Based in Mooresville, N.C., TBR will compete in the NSCS in 2013 with NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney driving the No. 7 Chevy SS and JJ Yeley piloting the No. 36.

For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing, please visit them on Facebook,Twitter or their website.

Source: 140 BUZZ for Tommy Baldwin Racing, Press Release

JJ Yeley: Las Vegas Preview Pre-Race News and Notes

Event/Date:  Kobalt Tools 400 - March 3, 2013
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Track Length: 1.5 mile
Race Distance: 267 laps/400.5 miles
Tune in: NASCAR on FOX at 2:30 p.m. (ET)

Welcome back Accell Construction! JJ Yeley and Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) again sporting the red and black paint scheme of Accell Construction and are looking to put last week's bad race behind them.   

Yeley's history at Las Vegas: Having only competed in five previous races at LVMS, JJ Yeley has a previous finish of 29th with a career best finish of 17th in 2006.

Yeley on Las Vegas: "What I like about Vegas is that you can really race in several grooves. It gives you an opportunity to change your line and look for more speed throughout the race"

Crew Chief Joe Lax on LVMS: "The extra day of testing will really help us. Our focus will be on qualifying and then race practice on Saturday."

Yeley by the numbers: Heading into Las Vegas, JJ Yeley is 13th in the points standings.  

Did you know?: JJ has competed in all three NASCAR National Touring Series, in addition to IndyCar and IROC.

Keep up with TBR: Keep up with the TBR team by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Also follow JJ on Facebook and Twitter.

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